What a double feature! The main reason #1 and I went to the Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto tonight was to see In A Lonely Place, the 1950 Bogie film co-starring the cool blonde fatale, Gloria Grahame. I'd seen the movie decades ago and remembered it as being terrific. It's based on a novel by Dorothy Hughes, the unsung noir crime novelist of the 1940's and '50's. Grahame was as good as could be especially right at the beginning when she held Bogie off with a razor-sharp tongue. The problem with the film, #1 and I agreed, was Bogie's over-the-top performance. No wonder she's scared of him. I understand the novel's much different. Going to put that on the list. Still, the film should not be missed. (Would have been worth a trip up here with Wes, Naomi.)
No ambivalence regarding the other half of the twin bill, Casablanca. In the 1973 film Blume in Love, George Segal asks Kris Kristofferson what movie he's going to see. Kris says (according to my memory) "Gone with the Wind." Haven't you seen it? asks George. Sure, many times, says Kris, but why go to movie that I don't know whether I'll like, when I can go to one I know I will? That's exactly how I feel about Casablanca. I still laugh, cheer, and tear up in all the right places. Can't help it.
Next week at the Stanford is Dial M for Murder. #1 and I will be there.
P.S. There's little doubt that Gloria Grahame inspired the artist who drew the cover of Megan Abbott's The Song Is You.